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A big blow to Biden, US Supreme Court blocks vaccine mandate for businesses

The US Supreme Court delivered a blow to President Joe Biden on Thursday, blocking his Covid vaccination-or-testing mandate for employees of large businesses.

At the same time, the nation’s highest court allowed a vaccination mandate for health care workers at facilities receiving federal funding.

Biden said he was “disappointed” in the nine-member court’s decision striking down his mandate for businesses with 100 employees or more to vaccinate or test their workers for Covid-19.

“I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen to block common-sense life-saving requirements for employees at large businesses that were grounded squarely in both science and the law,” Biden said in a statement.

The president welcomed the requirement that health care workers be vaccinated, saying it would affect some 10 million people working at facilities receiving federal funds and will “save lives.”

After months of public appeals to Americans to get vaccinated against Covid, which has killed more than 845,000 people in the United States, Biden announced in September that he was making vaccinations compulsory at large private companies.

Unvaccinated employees would have to present weekly negative tests and wear face masks while at work.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency, gave businesses until 9 February to be in compliance with the rules or face the possibility of fines.

But the Supreme Court’s six conservative justices ruled the mandate would represent a “significant encroachment into the lives — and health — of a vast number of employees.”

“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” they said.

The three liberal justices dissented, saying the ruling “stymies the federal government’s ability to counter the unparalleled threat that Covid–19 poses to our nation’s workers.”

– ‘Do no harm’ –

The vaccination mandate for health care workers at facilities receiving federal funding was approved in a 5-4 vote, with two conservatives — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh — joining the liberals.

“Ensuring that providers take steps to avoid transmitting a dangerous virus to their patients is consistent with the fundamental principle of the medical profession: first, do no harm,” they said in the majority opinion.

Vaccination has become a politically polarizing issue in the United States, where approximately 63 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

A coalition of 26 business associations had filed suit against the OSHA regulations and several Republican-led states had challenged the mandate for health care workers.

Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, called the Supreme Court’s decision “alarming,” and slammed Republicans for continuing “to attack life-saving vaccines.”

Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida, however, said the court’s ruling “sends a clear message: Biden is not a king & his gross overreaches of federal power will not be tolerated.”

“I had COVID & got the vaccine, but I will NEVER support a vaccine mandate that bullies hardworking Americans & kills jobs,” Scott said.

Former president Donald Trump welcomed the business’s ruling.

“The Supreme Court has spoken, confirming what we all knew: Biden’s disastrous mandates are unconstitutional,” Trump said in a statement. “We are proud of the Supreme Court for not backing down. No mandates!”

In his statement, Biden said it is now up to states and individual employers to determine whether they should be requiring employees “to take the simple and effective step of getting vaccinated.”

He said the Supreme Court ruling “does not stop me from using my voice as president to advocate for employers to do the right thing to protect Americans’ health and economy.”

“We have to keep working together if we want to save lives, keep people working, and put this pandemic behind us,” he said.

Trump Forced to leave Whitehouse…

Members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet on Wednesday discussed the possibility of removing the infamous president from office after supporters stormed the Capitol.  This according to reports by 3 USA News Channels. After a night of shameful violence at the Capitol Building, which was seemingly ‘encouraged’ by the outgoing president, the current cabinet may not have another choice.

THE 25TH AMENDMENT – And how it could affect Trump

Discussions on Wednesday focused on the 25th amendment to the US Constitution, which allows for a president’s removal by the vice president and cabinet if he is judged “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Invoking it would require Vice President Michael Pence to lead the cabinet in a vote on removing Trump from office.

Pence quickly became the enemy of Trump and Trump supporters.  Pence, after four years of unwavering loyalty to the one-term US President, on Wednesday went ahead in his attempts to certify the election results and officially confirm Joe Biden as America’s next president. The scenes of destruction and violence in the capitol erupted soon thereafter.

CNN quoted Republican leaders (unnamed) saying the 25th amendment had been discussed. They  described Trump as “out of control.” Others have slammed him for “inciting a domestic terror attack”.

Democrats of the House Judiciary Committee sent an urgent letter to Pence imploring him to act to remove Trump. The letter stated that President Trump had stoked an act of insurrection and “sought to undermine our democracy.” Pointing to a rambling speech Trump gave Wednesday, it said he “revealed he is not mentally sound and is unable to process the results of the 2020 election.”

Meanwhile, social media giants Facebook and Instagram temporarily banned Donald Trump for 24 hours on Wednesday over posts accused of inflaming violence in the US Capitol, as social media scrambled to respond to mayhem by supporters buying into his baseless attacks on the integrity of the election. Twitter also removed some of his posts, which fanned the flames of insurrection.

Guy Rosen. Facebook vice president of integrity, said that the company were particularly concerned by the video Trump had uploaded to all of his social media channels, which repeated false allegations about the US Election and labelled the far-right radicals storming the Capitol ‘special people’.

“This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video, We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” said Guy Rosen.

Meanwhile Twitter said that Trump’s messages were violations of the platform’s rules on civic integrity and that any future violations “will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.” The messaging platform said Trump’s account would be locked for 12 hours and that if the offending tweets were not removed, “the account will remain locked.”

Another Heavy Blow to Trump’s Re-election Dreams

A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday threw out Donald Trump’s claims of widespread electoral fraud, dealing a new blow to the Republican’s bid to overturn his loss in the US presidential election. The decision, which was announced in a scathing judgment paves the way for Pennsylvania to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory there, which is scheduled to take place Monday.

With the clock ticking down to Biden’s 20 January inauguration, Trump’s team has focused on trying to stop battleground states from certifying election results, in addition to his numerous legal challenges that have so far simply failed.  Judge Matthew Brann wrote in his ruling that Trump’s team had presented “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations” in their complaints about mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania.

“In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more.”

Biden won the state-by-state Electoral College votes that decide who takes the White House by 306 to 232. The Electoral College is due to formally vote on 14 December, with certifications to take place beforehand. States’ certification of results of their popular votes is usually routine following a US presidential election.

But Trump’s refusal to concede has complicated the process and drawn concerns that he could cause long-term damage to Americans’ trust in their voting system. Only a limited number of Republicans have so far recognised Biden as the winner and called on Trump to concede. The Pennsylvania court ruling prompted a Republican senator from the state, Pat Toomey, to join those ranks, saying Biden “won the 2020 election and will become the 46th president of the United States.”

“President Trump should accept the outcome of the election and facilitate the presidential transition process,” Toomey said in a statement that congratulated Biden while specifying he voted for Trump.

The judgement in Pennsylvania came only hours after Republicans also requested a delay in certification in Michigan, another battleground, in a letter that repeated allegations of irregularities in the state which Biden won by 155,000 votes. They asked for a delay of two weeks to allow for a full audit of results in Wayne County, the state’s largest and where majority-black Detroit is located, which was won overwhelmingly by Biden.

Michigan’s board of canvassers, which includes two Democrats and two Republicans, is also due to meet Monday to certify the results. Republican Party national committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and the party’s Michigan chair Laura Cox called on the board to “adjourn for 14 days to allow for a full audit and investigation into those anomalies and irregularities.”

Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has said that audits cannot be conducted until after certification because officials do not have legal access to the documents needed until then. On Saturday, she posted on Twitter that there had been “no evidence” to draw into question the result of the election. “In a nutshell: 5.5m Michigan citizens voted,” she wrote.

“The results of their votes are clear. No evidence has emerged to undermine that.” On Friday, Trump invited Michigan lawmakers to the White House as part of his bid to subvert the voters’ will, but the legislators stood firm, saying they would honor the election’s outcome. Biden has so far moderated his criticism of Trump’s actions, though he has spoken of “incredibly damaging messages being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions,” adding: “It’s hard to fathom how this man thinks.”

Trump has rarely appeared in public since his electoral loss, but has not given up on his provocative Twitter campaign. “The proof pouring in is undeniable,” he tweeted Saturday, when he also golfed. “Many more votes than needed. This was a LANDSLIDE!”


Donald Trump Accidentally Admits Defeat

President Donald Trump has yet to admit  his defeat in the US Presidential election. But with a word here, and a slip of the tongue there, he is raising the prospect ever more plainly. In a tweet on Sunday morning, President Donald Trump appeared to have accidentally acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory – before quickly reversing his course to once again claim he won, and push more unsubstantiated claims of mass electoral fraud while ignoring soaring coronavirus cases.

“He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump tweeted. The first two words – coming days after a verbal slip in which Trump said “time will tell” if he remains president – were immediately seized upon as another step towards a concession.

But the president quickly made a U-turn, tweeting: “He only won in the eyes of the FAKE NEWS MEDIA. I concede NOTHING! We have a long way to go.”  Fake News Media refers to all the major News Networks in the United States.

Late on Sunday night Donald Trump said “I WON THE ELECTION!” in a tweet swiftly flagged by Twitter.

President-elect Biden captured 306 Electoral College votes in the presidential election – 36 more than needed to win the White House. Senior federal and state election authorities, including a top cybersecurity agency and 16 federal prosecutors assigned to monitor the elections, have rejected claims of election tampering.  Trump however continues to insist he will prove fraud and prevail in court.

The leaders of nearly every country in the world have congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden on his victory, reinforcing the notion that almost no one – in the United States or elsewhere – is taking the Trump legal challenges seriously. Challenges that have been nearly universally dismissed by judges as unfounded. Trump On Sunday insisted that “many” of them had not been filed by his team, and that his “big cases… will soon be filed.”

In reaction to Trump’s initial tweet, Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it was “further confirmation of the reality that Joe Biden won the election.” Biden himself on Sunday met with his transition advisors, his spokespeople said, in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware .

Some officials of the Trump administration  say privately that they understand that Biden won, but that the president needed time to “process” his loss. Others are speculating that Trump may be trying to galvanize his base to back some future commercial or media endeavor or even to support a new run for office in 2024.

Trump has continually refused to cooperate in the shift to a Biden administration – denying the Democrat both federal funding for transition work and vital briefings by outgoing officials. Democrats feel that this could have a damaging impact both on national security and on the grave and mounting challenges posed by the coronavirus, with cases soaring past 11 million since the start of the pandemic.  In the past week alone, the US had 1-million new infections.

“Joe Biden’s going to become president of the United States in the midst of an ongoing crisis,” said Klain. “That has to be a seamless transition,” but for now Biden and his team are not even allowed to consult with someone like top government immunologist Anthony Fauci.

“Of course it would be better” if such talks could begin, Fauci told CNN on Sunday, saying that the virus could kill tens of thousands more Americans by the time Biden takes office on 20 January. Former President Barack Obama told CBS’s “Sunday Morning” that there was “damage” in Trump’s delay in acknowledging Biden’s victory in the election.

A small but growing number of Republicans have begun pressing for Trump to concede, including former Trump national security advisor John Bolton, a critic of the president since leaving the administration. Bolton told CNN that it was crucial for more Republicans to persuade Trump that he had lost in a fair election. “I don’t expect him to go graciously. I do expect him to go.”

Meanwhile more than 10,000 Trump supporters rallied in Washington on Saturday to back his claims of fraud – massing in Washington’s Freedom Plaza before marching to the Supreme Court in a raucous atmosphere. At least 20 were arrested after isolated fights erupted, reports said, including four for firearm violations and one for assault on a police officer. Trump made a drive-past appearance at the rally, smiling through the windows of his limousine on his way to play golf.

China Does not Acknowledge Biden Victory

China, on Monday, declined to congratulate US President Elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 US presidential election.  China said the outcome of the vote was still to be determined.  While incumbent Donald Trump has yet to concede and he has launched several legal challenges disputing the results of the election.  Meanwhile, many world leaders congratulated Biden and running mate Kamala Harris after the Democrats were declared winners at the weekend.  Spontaneous celebrations erupted across the US when all major US Networks declared Biden the winner.

Donald Trump’s term in the White House was marked by a costly trade war and increasingly unstable relations with China.  The US and China have been locking heads on a range of issues.  The US blamed China for the rapid and uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus and the two powers have been sparring over Beijing’s human rights record in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

A handful of other major countries have also failed to congratulate the President-Elect saying that they took note of Biden declaring himself the winner.  “Our understanding is that the outcome of the election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin at a regular briefing. After declining to acknowledge Biden’s victory despite repeated questions from reporters, Wang said: “We hope the new US government can meet China halfway.”


US Election will have an impact on SA

All eyes are focused on the United States presidential election outcome. Economists said that South Africa needed to pay close attention as the votes are counted as the results would have an impact here at home. The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked the global economy, countries around the world are scrambling to rebuild their finances and fighting unemployment.  The United States is a global superpower and therefore, the race for the White House will have a lot to do with the recovery process.

The United States have one of the largest global economies and economists said that America’s stability was pivotal for South Africa too. Viv Govender from Rand Swiss Offshore said the outcome of the US elections would have an impact on South Africa’s plans to recover from the economic crisis that the country is currently faced with.  “Political instability in the US means we are unlikely to see a large scale of government plans to try get the economy out of the crisis of COVID.”

Chief Economist Mike Schussler said the US was one of South Africa’s biggest trading partners and the outcome of these elections would affect us too. “We have the African Growth and Opportunity Free Trade Act, which allows our products to be tariff-free. If that were to be reversed in the next term, it could have a detrimental impact on many areas in South Africa.”

The United States election outcome will ring in a new term of four years in the White House for the successful contender, who will have the power to make significant policy changes, as the world battles to recover from COVID-19.

White House prepares for Election Battle with Barricades

The white house in Washington is erecting a ‘non-scalable’ fence around the perimeter in preparation for today’s elections.  Heavy-Duty barricades are now blocking of the ellipse, a large green area south of the White House, and Lafayette Square to the north.  The heavy-duty material used is designed to deter climbers with welded wire mesh that’s very difficult to cut and is woven so tightly that it’s near impossible to get a foothold.

The potential for election-related unrest has prompted metro police in Washington to put 250 national guardsmen on standby. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump prepares to hold a massive indoor election night party at the white house.  Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden spent Monday night trying to drive home their messages to the US electorate with only hours to go until polling opens.

Biden’s campaign came to a close with his ‘supporting cast’ taking centre stage at his final rally in Pittsburgh.  Lady Gaga was the star of the show. “A man who believes his fame gives him the right to grab one of your daughters, or sisters or mothers by any part of their bodies. Vote for Joe, he is a good person.”

Barack Obama also weighed in , supporting his former staff member: “After four years of failure and division, we have the power to change America. Now, I am asking you to deliver for all of us and elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president of the United States of America.”

Trump however is a one-man show and he is fighting for his political life: “If Biden and Harris and the left gain power, they will collapse our economy and send our nation into a steep depression. They want to raise taxes at a level that no one has ever heard of before.”

Now voters must decide, is it Trump or Biden? 

President Trump’s Team hit by Covid

The  Donald Trump reelection campaign on Sunday sought to brush off another outbreak of the Coronavirus in Trump’s team by focusing its attacks on Joe Biden’s energy levels and accusing him of “47 years of failure”.

Only nine days before the vote, the US has been caught up in a surge of Covid-19 cases, recording a record daily number of new cases of nearly 89,000.   Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and several aides, tested positive over the weekend, swelling the list of the administration staff to have been infected with the virus.

Campaign Spokesperson Tim Murtaugh spoke to Fox News. “The vice president is going to continue his travel schedule,” he said.  “He takes this very seriously… The folks on his staff are in quarantine, and he relies on the very sound medical advice of the White House medical unit.” Murtaugh then slammed Biden for his light campaign schedule, claiming that the Democratic candidate was “feeling the heat” and took “five out of six days off” before the last presidential debate on Thursday.

“President Trump has accomplished more in 47 months than Joe Biden has in 47 years of failure,” Murtaugh said.  The remarks highlighted the contrast between Trump’s furiously paced campaign and Biden’s  more conservative approach.

Covid News: Trump tests positive for coronavirus

US president Donald Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, he confirmed in a tweet on Friday. His wife, Melania, also has the coronavirus.

Hope Hicks, counsellor to Trump, had tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, and Trump confirmed on Thursday night that he started a “quarantine process” with his wife Melania as they wait for their own test results.

Hicks was the closest White House official to Trump to test positive for the virus so far, AP reported.

Hicks travelled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from the first debate Tuesday between him and the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. She also travelled with him on the presidential helicopter to another destination this week.

She was on a plane with Trump from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday evening, when she started displaying mild symptoms of the coronavirus, AP reported.

More than 200,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus – a fifth of the global total.

News – US Presidential Debate

Donald Trump and Joe Biden did not hold back during Tuesday’s presidential debate.  The debate took place just 35 days before the tensest US election in recent history.  Trump and Biden did not even shake hands as they took to the stage, symbolising the bitterness currently engulfing the country.  It took only minutes for the two candidates two turn the debate into an all-out personal brawl.  “Everything he’s saying so far is simply a lie.  I’m not here to call out his lies.  Everybody knows he’s a liar,” said Biden, form Vice President.  Trump taunted Biden saying that he had low energy.  He said that Biden needed performance enhancing drugs , and would possibly use an earpiece to get answers during the debate.   Biden aggressively responded: “Will you shut up, man?”,  and “It’s hard to get a word in with this clown.”

“Everything he’s saying so far is simply a lie.”

“Maybe you could inject bleach in your arm and that would take care of it,” said Biden.

Biden is currently leading in polls and used the debate platform to attack Trump on the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the loss of 200,000 lives.  “Maybe you could inject bleach in your arm and that would take care of it,” said Biden.  Trump questioned Bien’s educational record and his performance as Obama’s vice president.  “Don’t ever use the word smart with me.  Don’t ever use that word with me.  There’s nothing smart about you, Joe,” Trump hit back.  Trump also claimed that the “radical left” has Biden “wrapped around their finger.”  Trump then attacked Biden’s insistence on wearing a mask.  “You have to understand, I have a mask right here. I put a mask on when I think I need it,” he said, “I don’t wear a mask like him, every time you see him, he’s got a mask.”

“I don’t wear a mask like him, every time you see him, he’s got a mask.”


“Don’t ever use the word smart with me.  Don’t ever use that word with me.  There’s nothing smart about you, Joe,”

Trump’s alleged tax evasion was one of the main points that Biden made in an effort to gain the support of the blue-collar voters.  Trump has broken long standing presidential transparency by refusing to publish his tax returns.  Trump has high hopes that his nomination of conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a replacement for the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will tilt the highest US court firmly to the right for years to come.

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